Tom McDonough’s new reader concentrates on the urban writings produced by the Situationist International over the course of the group’s existence, from its inception in 1957 to its dissolution in the early 1970s, in the aftermath of the events of May ’68. It also briefly surveys some of the urban writings of the Lettrist International, a precursor of the Situationist group that had also been led by Guy Debord. The collection brings together most of this material for the first time in the English language, drawing on recent comprehensive publications of Situationist documents in France.
The Situationists’ focus on the city has been central to McDonough’s choice of documents. He seeks to redefine notions of the Situationists’ urban critique, arguing that instead it persisted throughout the group’s duration.
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